English cities on a budget

Looking for ideas for cheap days out? You can enjoy many of our cities’ greatest riches without spending a proverbial penny. Their iconic architecture, their picnic-perfect parks, even many of their top museums and galleries are yours for the asking. There are also plenty of things to do on a budget, many for under a tenner. So whether you find us delving into hidden corners on a walking tour, checking out the stars of the future in a fringe theatre or creating our own double-decker spectacular round the sights armed with an all-day travel pass, we’ll help you get the most from your break, without breaking the bank.

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Take a free walking tour of Portsmouth with a city Greeter

Take a free walking tour of Portsmouth with a city Greeter

What better way to really get to know Portsmouth than being greeted by one of the city's passionate and proud Portsmouth Greeters.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Explore the magnificent ruins of Kirkstall Abbey

Explore the magnificent ruins of Kirkstall Abbey

This atmospheric 12th-century abbey is one of the most complete Cistercian monasteries in Britain, surrounded by tranquil tree-filled parkland.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

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Laugh out loud on the Blackpool promenade

Laugh out loud on the Blackpool promenade

Take a stroll where every step brings a new giggle as Blackpool has a floor covering with a difference.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Visit Ashmolean Museum, the world's first public museum

Visit Ashmolean Museum, the world's first public museum

All the great civilizations of the world are represented in the Ashmolean Museum’s collections. Visit for a whole day, or just pop in for 5 minutes.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Get under the skin of Brighton & Hove with a free Greet

Get under the skin of Brighton & Hove with a free Greet

Whether you are on your first trip to Brighton & Hove or are a regular visitor, a Greet is a great way to see the city in a new light.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Explore the city with Hull's Fish Trail

Explore the city with Hull's Fish Trail

Follow Hull’s Fish Trail and explore the beautiful cobbled streets of Hull’s Old Town.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Enjoy a stroll around firstsite art gallery

Enjoy a stroll around firstsite art gallery

firstsite is always free to enter and offers a wealth of exhibitions, events and activities for all the family.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Explore old boats at Hull and East Riding Museum

Explore old boats at Hull and East Riding Museum

Don’t miss the Hull and East Riding Museum where you will find a woolly mammoth and one of the world’s oldest boats.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Pick up a bargain at Camden's Stables Market

Pick up a bargain at Camden's Stables Market

Visit the Stables Market in Camden and pick up affordable vintage fashion, cheap street food and quirky souvenirs – all without breaking the bank.

Location: Camden, Greater London

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Take your pick from Liverpool’s rich cultural gems

Take your pick from Liverpool’s rich cultural gems

Liverpool is a thriving capital of culture with museums and galleries for every taste, many of which are free to explore. Dip in and emerge inspired.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Unravel the Case of the Portsmouth Doctor at A Study in Sherlock in Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Discover Fleetwood’s history & heritage at Fleetwood Museum

Discover Fleetwood’s history & heritage at Fleetwood Museum

Explore the history of Fleetwood at Fleetwood Museum from fishing port to holiday destination. Enjoy the town with its fascinating architecture and marvel at the lighthouses along the promenade.

Location: Fleetwood, Poulton, Lancashire

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Get hands on at the National Football Museum

Get hands on at the National Football Museum

The history and culture of the national game is revealed as you explore the world's largest football collection.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Enjoy free, live music at Southsea Bandstand

Enjoy free, live music at Southsea Bandstand

Is there a better summer afternoon than a fantastic free programme of music and dance in a beautiful natural amphitheatre looking out to sea?

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Price: Free

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See a rare Shakespeare portrait at National Portrait Gallery

See a rare Shakespeare portrait at National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery holds a vital key to what Shakespeare looked like, with what may be the only portrait of the bard painted from life.

Location: Charing Cross, Greater London

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Explore Richard III's Leicester with a Blue Badge guide

Explore Richard III's Leicester with a Blue Badge guide

Come along on a Blue Badge guided walk and find out about all of Leicester's many connections to King Richard III.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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Bristol Harbourside

Bristol Harbourside

Bristol's Harbourside is alive with pure West Country energy.

Location: Bristol, Somerset

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